As the faithful descended on the San Diego Convention Center for this years Comic-Con, a select few were treated by Lionsgate Films to an advance screening of Peter Davis‘ Dredd. Kicked off with star Karl Urban asking a packed Reading Cinemas, “I hope you like your films dark and gritty,” the answer was a course of cheers. “I want to apologize to anyone who’s a fan of lycra and gold codpieces — you’re just going to have to wait for two hours.” Sorry Stallone fans, this is apparently a markedly different movie.
Writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis set out to return Judge Dredd to his 2000 A.D. roots and by the sounds of it, they have succeeded. Across the internet, on blogs and twitters, those that were in attendance seem to have nothing but glowing words of praise. Well, most. As Chris Hewitt from Empire points out, the movie is going to contend with comparisons to The Raid, a movie with virtually the exact same plot. Quint from Ain’t It Cool News said “You can say many things about this movie, but tame is not a word you’ll see associated with it,” and “If you’ve ever wanted to see what a bullet going through a dude’s jaw looked like in slow motion, then by God ‘Dredd’s’ the movie for you!” (I do, actually.) Over at Deadline, Luke Y. Thompson applauds the movie, but questions if it’s grim parody of the action genre, borne from the comics, will work with mainstream audiences. As an indirect answer to that, I think The Playlists Todd Gilchrist put it best:
“What Zack Snyder’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ is to George Romero’s original, Pete Travis’ film is to, no, not Danny Cannon’s 1995 film ‘Judge Dredd,’ but Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Robocop.’ In both cases, gifted visual stylists took fertile, socially-conscious subject matter, pared out the cultural commentary, and left behind an engaging, if empty, cinematic experience.“
Without delving deeper into spoiler filled reviews, I think it is safe to say the movie sounds like the one we’ve been waiting for, and unless you were one of the lucky to catch the advanced screening, both you and I have to wait till the 28th of September. Till then, Lionsgate has posted a red banded clip on the just launched www.judgementiscoming.com that you can check out after the jump.
With the coming release of the apparently far more faithful Judge Dredd movie, simply titled Dredd, on the horizon fans of the character may already be wondering what it will take to see the gritty stone faced lawman become a franchise. According to writer Alex Garland it shouldn’t take to much, money wise.
Bleeding Cool spoke with Garland at the London Film and Comic Con where he revealed the magic number at just $50 million. PLUS, apparently he has the story line loosely marked out as a triliogy.
We’ll see a sequel if the gross is above $50 million in the U.S. It’s a simple financial equation. We’re an independent movie … In terms of Dark Judges, I wrote Death into this script, but it didn’t feel right for the first film. I thought it felt right but after about 16 drafts and it really didn’t work out.
I needed to have set up the city and Dredd first before taking on what is essentially a riff on the Judges. You need to know what the Judges are before you can subvert them. I wrote a second script which was about Dredd going out to the Cursed Earth. That was rejected for similar reasons.
If they want to make sequels, I’ve got a story that goes from this one into the origins of Dredd and the city. Then the third one has would have a strange, existential attack from the Dark Judges.
Now, $50 million may seem like small money in this day and age, but keep in mind that Dredd is an R rated movie based on a comic book, so it’s going to have a fight to hit that mark. With the promise of Cursed Earth, Dark Judges and Judge Death in the future… damn it, I’ll buy two tickets day one if it helps.
This week on the emporium of dastardly bastardness, also know as The Bastardcast: Jason recounts his wild, possibly grifted birthday adventure, Jeremy has a nerdy quibble with a new Justice League project, the guys unleash the official NOW ITS SUMMER, SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW, and discuss a new study that shows how positive internet buzz leads to positive box office.
Do to you like gladiator movies? Spectacular, the guys won’t be talking about that in headlines, but they will discuss the guy from The Man Show dragging his knuckles to get attention, Justin Timberlake‘s continued campaign to bring sexy back AND make it safe to go to the beach again, and Barbarella. All that and some potator chips (not for you) on the podcast. It’s almost a radio show, and we’re almost getting paid for this… but not really.
The first full trailer for the upcoming Judge Dredd reboot “Dredd” has hit the Internet and now the tables have turned and “Dredd” will be the one judged, jury-ed, and sentenced.
This NerdBastard has been pretty excited about Karl Urban donning the helmet, the badge, and the shoulder pads of Judge Dredd. Urban is a great casting choice with that chin and voice.
The story seems almost tailored to make a video game out of it. Judge Dredd must enter a 200 level building controlled by one woman at the top who wants him dead.
This NerdBastard is still really excited about this movie, but after watching the trailer, is feeling a little concerned. The trailer falls just short of grabbing hold of me and taking me into the world of Dredd, maybe it’s just my high expectations.
What do you think about this trailer and Dredd?
“Dredd” is written by Alex Garland, directed by Pete Travis, starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey. “Dredd” opens in theaters across the U.S. on September 21.
We’re in the final stretch before “Dredd” hits theaters on September 21, 2012 and the marketing surrounding the Judge Dredd reboot is heating up with the release of the first poster and some additional production stills.
Karl Urban in full judge gear, shrouded by shadow makes a great first movie poster, don’t you think? This NerdBastard hopes this foreshadows a minimalist look at the character of Judge Dredd. That’s what will make this film great, Dredd doing what Dredd does without all the fancy hoopla. Dredd bringing the LAW to Mega City One with a gun and a Lawmaster.
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
Everything so far has gotten this NerdBastards’ hopes up about this film. What about you, are you looking forward to this or dreading another Stallone like flop?
Many comic book creators aren’t happy when their creations are not properly translated into films. Just look at Alan Moore: three years later and he’s still pissed off about Watchmen. So when fans of 2000 AD‘s Judge Dredd heard the comic book character was being remade in the upcoming Dredd, people were worried about what John Wagner would think.
The man helped create the UK’s best known home-grown comic character so he’ll be the one to determine if this would become another Sylvester Stallone travesty. Having already seeing a completed version of the Karl Urban reboot, fans can rest easy because Wagner has a verbal hard-on for this flick. He doesn’t just love it – if Wagner could marry the film he’d already be having the honeymoon right now.
I went up to London yesterday to see the completed Dredd film. I’ve had reservations about certain aspects of it, and made them plain to the team at DNA. All but one of them—a little quibble at the beginning—have been addressed. And what a lot they’ve added. Music is on the button. SFX are excellent. Filming is impressive. I’ve not seen a modern 3-D movie before but I like it. I found myself reaching out trying to touch things that were dancing before my eyes. Karl is a great Dredd and Olivia gets Anderson completely. This is Dredd as it should be done—true to character, visceral, unrelentingly violent (but not off-puttingly so). It will open, I believe, sometime in September. No doubt you’ll let me know what you think when you’ve seen it, but this has my recommendation.
One of the more mysterious comic to film transitions we are getting this summer is the Karl Urban starting/Pete Travis directing Judge Dredd reboot, Dredd. With a release date set for the 21st of September and still rather quiet on the official channels, it looks like we have another handful of pics from Kinopoisk.ru to peruse.
A few notes before we look at the photos. Yes, I guess you could say they are spoilery if you consider Dredd whupping butts and kicking asses spoilers and it looks good! Not just the usual ‘hey, Rob Schneider isn’t in this one’ good, I mean actually good, good. Ok, so it just a couple more stills, but from what we see I think the movie is on the right track.
Lena Headey has quite the role in the upcoming reboot (Lords of Kobol! I hate even recognizing that Stallone EVER made a Dredd movie.) of the Judge Dredd comics titled Dredd starring Karl Urban.
Lena plays the part of Madeline ‘Ma-Ma’ Madrigal.
“She’s a prostitute who then kills her pimp and takes over his drug-running business,and Ma-Ma is a bit of a man-hater.”
Dredd takes place in Mega City One, one of the few remaining quasi-civilized cities on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most well known and feared Judges. Street level officers of the law with the power to enforce and sentence offenders on the spot – lethally if necessary. Living in this violent world, ‘Ma-Ma’ does what she has to. Lena went on to describe the character:
“I think of her like an old great white shark who is just waiting for someone bigger and stronger to show up and kill her,” continues the “Game of Thrones” star. “She’s ready for it. In fact, she can’t wait for it to happen. And yet no one can get the job done. She’s an addict, so she’s dead in that way, but that last knock just hasn’t come. This big, fat, scarred shark moving through the sea and everyone flees and she’s like, ‘Will someone just have the balls to do it? Please?‘”
This NerdBastard won’t have much trouble accepting her as a bad person. I’ll just think of Cersi and take away all her families money. Although we have not seen a trailer or clip for Dredd yet, the stills are looking good. That gritty, violent look and feel that the Judge Dredd comics have always had seems to be coming through in the film.
Good news, everyone! The upcoming Judge Dredd adaptation, Dredd, has received an R-rating, proving that every now and then, the MPAA can do something right. Dredd is rated R for strong and bloody violence, language, drug use, and some sexual content. Boo-YA!
Of course, it was kind of a foregone conclusion that Dredd would get its R. Here’s what producer Andrew Macdonald said back in 2010:
The main thing about Dredd is that it’s a fantastic comic that was completely messed up 20 years ago. Our idea is to make a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd in Megacity, so we’ve got to get the tone right. He’s not going to take off his helmet. His bike is going to feel real. He’s going to hit people and it’s going to feel real. There’s been a change in comic-book movies; they were treated unseriously and now they’re treated seriously.
DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
Dredd, directed by Vantage Point’s Peter Travis and written by 28 Days Later’s Alex Garland, opens in theaters later this year on September 21st, 2012.
For the past few weeks the Superhero Round-Up has been pretty heavy on Marvel movies, for good reason too since they stand to own the first few weeks of this years blockbuster season. You almost for get that DC Comics has a few heavy hitters coming out soon. Well we’ve got updates from both the upcoming Superman movie and Batman movies, hell we’ve even got some Wonder Woman related news.
One of the more mysterious comic book movies coming out this year, the Judge Dredd reboot, remains silent. Seriously, we’ve seen like some photos and some very behind the scenes footage? Well, we do get some hopeful words about the project.
And yes, even some Spiderman related news from both screen and stage.